Hand and Power Tools course success

Six members of the Recycling Activity Team recently completed their Hand and Power Tools course. The training was conducted on Palm Island by Industry Training which is a local RTO.

The course covers a range of topics from planning and preparation of use, tool selection, safety protocols and work space housekeeping. Successful completion is marked against a number of strict criteria.

Today,  all six members received their Statement of Attainment Certificates. They worked extremely hard to be nominated into the course, and even harder to complete it. This is an outstanding achievement for each participant.

Well done to all members. We look forward to seeing where these skills will take you.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

CDP Members Complete Coxswain Course

On Sunday 17 June, two of our customers, Joshua Friday and Steven Chapman, departed for Sydney to complete the Coxswain Course, the second phase of the Tribal Warrior Maritime Training Program.  The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Association will conduct the training on Sydney Harbour for the group between 18 June and 7 July 2018.

The Coxswains certificate builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) which they completed earlier in the year. It focuses on skills including basic navigation, engineering, legislation, Collision Regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refuelling and environmental considerations.

Whilst in Sydney the duo will spend the majority of their training on- board the original Tribal Warrior and other vessels. On weekends and some evenings they will also be required to undertake on-water work experience in various vessels on Sydney Harbour.

The purpose of this was to gain the additional 21 days sea time required to obtain their Coxswain tickets.
Campbell Page provided them with extra clothing in addition to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they needed to complete their training and to work in the industry.

We wish them the very best and the best of luck in finishing the course- Nathan Vinson- CDP Program Manager.

Thanks must also go to Valentine Nona and Suzanne Kenny who organised the training and invited our two members to attend.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Community Development Programme team learn new skills to keep culture alive

Friday 25th of May marked the first of five mornings where members of the Palm Island Community Development Programme Arts & Culture Activity Team went out into the bush to learn traditional skills of the Bwgcolamn and Manburra People.

The traditional skills and customs being taught to the Arts & Culture Activity Team are a huge part of the idenity of the Bwgcolman and Manburra peoples. By learning these skills the team is making an attempt to keep the culture alive for generations to come. – Nathan Vinson, Palm Island Community Development Programme Manger

One of the local Palm Island Elders, Harold ‘Ringo’ Wilson, shared his knowledge and skills in the collection and preparation of traditional bark painting. ‘Ringo’ taught the participants how to identify the perfect trees for the process and how to remove and prepare the bark for painting.

‘Ringo’ has a great many skills which he hopes to pass onto the younger and future generations of the community, which in turn will help keep alive the traditions and customs of the Bwgcolman and Manburra people who are the traditional custodians of the land.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

National Families Week 2018

The Eurobodalla Community Capacity Building Program celebrated National Families Week on Friday 18th May. Beautiful weather drew lots of families out to Corrigans Beach Reserve in Batehaven where we gathered for storytime and playtime.

Over 40 families came along with many excited to “Meet our Local Fire Brigade” who brought their fire truck along.

This was one of three Eurobodalla family events that were registered for National Families Week. This enabled us to give out balloons, painting sheets, stickers and pads to our local families on the day. Our local families tell us that they enjoy these regular, free events in our community.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Youth and Family team work with young people and families to help them build a brighter future. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please click here to view our About Us page or here to Contact Us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellapge.org.au

HealthWest Partnership supporting employers and diversity in the workplace

Campbell Page Community Partners, HealthWest Partnership recently launched the HealthWest Partnership Standards for Workforce Mutuality at the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria state conference on Thursday 17 May 2018.

Designed in collaboration with peak organisations from the health, community, employment and corporate sectors, these Standards are the first in the world to promote the principle of workforce mutuality, which is defined as the extent to which the diversity of an organisation or a sector’s workforce reflects the diversity of the community.

HealthWest is now looking for organisations in the health, community, government and private sectors to take part in a pilot of the Standards during the second half of 2018. If you are interested in taking part in the pilot program or want to know more about the Standards, please contact HealthWest Partnership.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with a variety of other organisations to make a difference within the community. Click here to find out more about who we are or here to find out more about partnering with us.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

Sunshine Be Seen in 2018 Diversity Career Fair

Photo credit: Brimbank City Council

 

On 23rd May 2018, the team in Sunshine hosted their first Be Seen Diversity Career Fair. The event aimed to bring together Campbell Page customers and partner employers in an informal setting to chat about potential work opportunities.

Doors opened at 10:30am, with many customers waiting eagerly with resumes to show the employers. A total of 90 Campbell Page customers and 14 partner employers were in attendance, with 40+ interviews being organised by the conclusion of the event at 1 pm. The Campbell Page National Disability Employment Services Employer Partnership Manager, Cassandra Warin said she expects there will be many more interviews scheduled by the end of this week.

The 14 partner employers in attendance included Adecco, Toll Group, Drake International, OzStaff, MEGT, Specialised Recruitment Services, Jesuit Social Services, The Smith Family, Uniting Lentara, ICP Health and Home Instead Senior Care.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018)

Our team in Sunshine and our employers all want the same thing. To support the customers and to build inclusive workplaces and that is really what the event was about. – Cassandra

One of the customers in attendance, Carolyn, was initially hesitant about going up to employers and talking to them. She was pleasantly surprised when not five minutes after going up to Home Instead Senior Care she was offered an interview.

Similarly, Adecco were so impressed with the customers who approached them that they had already highlighted several who would be perfect fits for the job opportunities they were looking to fill.

Also in attendance was Brimbank Council Lord Mayor, Margaret Giudice who was incredibly supportive of the event as it aligned with the inclusive focus the council has.

As employers and customers discussed opportunities, there were light refreshments being offered and coffee being made by Campbell Page customers in their makeshift cafe, The Welcome BEan Cafe. These customers had recently undertaken training by Jesuit Social Services, who were among the 14 employers in attendance, in the Sunshine office and were keen to show off their skills.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018) Customers showing off their barista skills

Their skills and confidence were growing by the second and they were being given real work experience because the coffee was so good that the orders just kept coming in! – Emine Jeffrey, Regional Manager Westgate

The Be Seen in 2018 Diversity Career Fair was a great, informal networking event that looks to have been so successful that another is being planned for October 2018.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

Student Success from the Be Seen Hospitality Program

Yesterday, students, staff, community partners and employers of the Be Seen Hospitality Program came together to celebrate its end and their accomplishments. The program saw students gain new skills and knowledge in hospitality with the aim of finding employment in the industry.

The program saw some truly amazing outcomes with 16 program participants entering brokered placements in hospitality in the next 30 days. The program participants and the Campbell Page Bayside team also had the pleasure of presenting $160 to Bennettswood Neighbourhood House that was raised at the BBQ fundraiser undertook at Woolworths Burwood as part of the hospitality program.

TMG College Australia partnered with Campbell Page to deliver Food Handling, Responsible Service of Alcohol and Barista training in their purpose- built barista room as part of the program. TMG College Chairperson, Malka Lawrence, with Campbell Page Bayside Employment Consultant Geraldine Hitchiner presented the students with their hospitality certificates at the presentation.

Be Seen Hospitality Program Presentation

This was followed by some delicious catering including food prepared by students with the expert direction of Bec Winters of local healthy catering company, Horribly Healthy.

The Campbell Page Bayside team would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Thank you to the Malka Group, FMC who provided budgeting and money management training, Bennettswood Neighbourhood House for the use of your training space, Jackie O’Connor who delivered the Be Seen to Be Skills modules, Claire from Sarina Russo apprenticeships, Box Hill Golf Club, Dish and Spoon for catering, Bec Winters from Horribly Healthy who gave a demonstrative class, Bevan from Woolworths Burwood for assistance with the BBQ fundraiser, Jodie from Wear for Success who fitted our customers in stylish interview clothes, The Talent Kitchen and of course all the work experience host organisations providing work placements.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

Words by: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

Community Development Programme Members Set Sail with Maritime Training

This week, three members from our Community Development Programme, Joshua Friday, Thomas Hanson and Stephen Chapman were chosen to take part in the Tribal Warrior Corporations Maritime Training Program.

The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation was established by concerned Aboriginal people with a view to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability. The purpose of the Corporation is to empower disadvantaged Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous people – encouraging them to become self-sufficient by providing specialised training programs leading to employment opportunities in the maritime industries.

Our three lucky job seekers will participate in the training run over 14 days, involving 10 days sailing aboard the Coral Trekker and 4 days training back on dry land in Yarrabah. Through successful completion of the training, the participants will gain a variety of new skills and qualifications. The first qualification they will be accredited with is the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) which will teach survival, firefighting, safety, seamanship, communication skills and First Aid. This qualification will allow them to get a job as a deckhand or similar on commercial vessels.

The second course they will be completing is the Coxswains Certificate II, which builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand course. This course will teach them basic navigation, engineering, legislation, collision regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refuelling, and environmental considerations. The course will qualify them to skipper a vessel up to 12 metres in length, and up to 15 miles offshore.

On behalf of all the staff from the Community Development Programme and Campbell Page, we want to wish Joshua, Thomas and Stephen the very best on this exciting adventure and in obtaining future employment. We would also like to extend thanks to Valentine Nona, who organised our job seekers to attend the training.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Words by: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

Record Breaking Deadly Didge N Dance Festival

After much planning, preparation and excitement the Deadly Didge N Dance Festival was held at Palm Island over the weekend and what a success it was!

2018 marks the centenary of the first forced placement of people on Palm Island. The centenary  and the event, provided an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, to celebrate the time now and to invest in a new future for the people of Palm Island.

Amidst the music, dancing, workshops, storytelling, poetry, markets and more, the event drew over 1200 additional visitors, over 100 additional performers, a number of visiting dignitaries (including the Deputy Premier and Bob Katter) and visiting celebrities.

Better still, we’re proud to announce Palm Island has made it to the Guinness World Records taking out the title of Most Indigenous Dancers Dancing the Same Dance at the Same Time. We’ve been told even our very own Mallory Morgan was there shaking a leg for the history books!

I would like to thank all our drivers and activity staff and activity participants who assisted the PIASC in the preparation of the event.- Nathan Vinson, Program Manager CDP.

This event could not have been possible without all the support we received leading up to and over the weekend. This assistance included:

  • Area beautification, mowing of parks, creeks and main access areas to the event (David Baira Greening Team).
  • Assistance in the making of customs and lanterns (Indoors Arts & Culture Team).
  • Volunteers for stage preparation, Palm Island Ambassadors and Camp Site Ambassadors (Media and Arts & Culture Teams).
  • Final preparation of the event. An outstanding effort from Peter Sherry, Robert Youngblutt and Raymond Johnson for organising the teams to assist the PIASC.
  • Volunteers for the running of the Lost Artists of Palm Island stall, (Agnes Wotton Arts & Culture Team), who sold some great paintings and numerous postcard and bookmarks.
  • Finally our Activity Supervisors who gave their time and their weekend to provide transportation to the community over the whole duration of the event. A big thank you to Peter Turner, David Baira, Alfred Ryan, William Marpoondin, and Janice Kerr.

The Mayor of Palm Island, Alf Lacey, personally thanked me for the support CDP and Campbell Page provided to the event. So from me again a big thank you to everyone who gave their time to support this remarkable event in Palm Island history. – Nathan Vinson, Program Manager CDP.

Congratulations to everyone involved in such a worthwhile event.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Words by: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au